Leeds United’s season to finish a day earlier

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Leeds United’s regular season will conclude a day earlier than planned after the Football League took the unusual step of rearranging the final round of Championship fixtures.

The 2010-11 term was originally scheduled to reach a conclusion on Sunday, May 8 but will now finish on Saturday, May 7 following discussions between the Football League, Sky and the BBC.

The decision, which the League said was made after “consultation with the clubs involved”, appears to have been taken to accommodate live television coverage of the key Championship fixtures.

Leeds are due to travel to league leaders Queens Park Rangers for a game which could influence both the destination of the title and the make-up of the division’s top six, and all 12 Championship games on May 7 will kick-off at 12.45pm.

A spokesman for the Football League said: “The fixtures dates have been changed following discussions with both our broadcast partners.”

An announcement over which games will be televised is not planned until the week leading up to the last day of the season.

The Championship season has traditionally finished on a Sunday afternoon and the Football League’s unexpected decision has revised the travel plans of the Leeds fans intending to turn out at Loftus Road.

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